Sherman moves forward with Flanary Road design
IT affects, other growth continues to boost the region’s development
Sherman executives are setting the stage to pave the way for future development, literally and figuratively, this week when they approved contracts for design work on a road that will serve as the backbone for growth near the southern border of the city.
City Council has approved a $254,000 deal with Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers for early designs for an extension of Flanary Road. This route will help serve Texas Instruments, which is moving forward with the development of a nearly $30 billion expansion, and other industries.
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“Flanary Road has for some time been considered a major north-south connector not just for Sherman, but for the county,” said Nate Strauch, manager of community and support services for Sherman. “However, TI’s decision to locate their new facility here has morphed from only a long-term goal to a mid-term one, as they view Flanary as vital to the operation of this facility.”
The contract will see Pacheco Koch complete 30 per cent of the design work on the over 10,000ft four-lane divided carriageway extension from Progress Road to Shepherd Drive. This will also allow the City to move forward with the acquisition of the artery right-of-way.
The project will also help the town establish a watermain easement for a new 36-inch watermain that will run from the water treatment plant to Shepherd Drive and provide water for future developments. .
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Lee added that the city decided to hire Pacheco Koch for the project because TI is using them in its expansion, and the causeway will be along the western boundary of the property. By using the same consultant, Lee said the city can provide continuity between the two uses.
The city will be helped in this project by the Sherman Economic Development Board, which agreed on Tuesday to finance the contact with Pacheco Koch. SEDCO Chairman Kent Sharp said the expansion was of interest to SEDCO because it opened up new routes for current and future business in the area, including several of its Progress Park industrial parks.
Specifically, Sharp said Progress Rail Services and JP Hart Lumber would benefit from the additional access, but it would also help SEDCO market its land for industrial development.
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“This benefits SEDCO tremendously,” Sharp said. “The design and alignment of Progress Drive and Flanary with Shepherd Drive would improve the industrial infrastructure that serves industries in the Progress Park area. This makes many of our parks more attractive to many manufacturers.”
Lee said he expects design work to be done in late summer or early fall.